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If age-related macular degeneration (AMD) runs in your
family tweaking your diet could save your sight, according
to a study published in the
Archives of Ophthalmology.
Dutch researchers tracked more than 2,000 volunteers
over the age of 55 and discovered that those who had
even one of the two high-risk gene variations were
30% less likely to develop AMD when their diets were
rich in zinc and omega-3 fatty acids. Good sources of
zinc include pork and lamb, while vegetarian sources
include dried beans, nuts, peas, soya products, and
fortified cereals. Omega-3 is found in fatty fish such as
salmon and mackerel, as well as in walnuts and flaxseed.
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It is illegal to drive anywhere in India with a blood alcohol concentration above
O. 03%. Now a study suggests that no amount of alcohol is safe for motorists.
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, US, found that even
people who were barely buzzed were 37% more likely than sober drivers to be
in a serious or fatal crash. “A blood alcohol concentration of just 0.01% was
associated with risky behaviours such as speeding,” says lead researcher David
P. Phillips, Ph.D. “For an 82 kg person, that translates into one glass of wine or a
bottle of beer.” So, if you’re planning to be on the road this holiday season, you
might just want to skip the after-dinner cocktail.
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Health concerns related to adolescents are on a steady rise.
From eating disorders and sexual problems to mental health,
and gynaecological issues, adolescents need professional help.
Recently Max Super Speciality Hospital, Saket, Delhi, has
opened its doors to an Adolescent Friendly Clinic. The clinic
provides treaunent and counselling for basic and serious issues
such as substance abuse and risk-taking behaviour.
With cold and flu on a roll during winter, taking your infant’s temperature is
imperative. But getting your child to sit still for a minute can be a battle of
nerves. To help you check fever quickly and easily, Braun has come out with the
IRT 3020 ThermoScan® compact ear thermometer that measures the infrared
heat generated by the eardrum and surrounding tissues to tell if your baby has
fever. The reason it is a hit with mothers is because of its accuracy, the ability
to read the temperature within a second, and the associated safety. While its
memory function recalls the temperature last checked, the disposable lens filter
helps maintain hygiene. ^2,500; at major pharmacies and baby stores.